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Lower Bricktown developer's plans fail to win Urban Renewal Authority approval

Lower Bricktown developer Randy Hogan was told Wednesday his proposed designs for a one-story restaurant addition along the Bricktown Canal are too oriented to parking and do little to interact with the waterway.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 20, 2012

“A 9-foot walkway with no windows, 17 feet high, is like walking through a canyon and will be very uncomfortable,” Commissioner Larry Nichols said.

Urban Renewal commissioners appeared united in countering that Hogan is going too far in developing his buildings so that they face the surface parking and not the canal. Hogan countered he is trying to cater to the interests of his tenants who do not wish to have multiple entrances.

“We're making the canal more and more sterile as we go along with this process,” Commissioner Jim Tolbert said. “The more times we have building faces that are closed to the public on that side, the more isolated the canal gets. We're going in the wrong direction.”

Hogan stood his ground, saying his priority is to be sensitive to retailers and that they are “the stars of the show.”

“I can understand your need to accommodate your tenant,” Tolbert responded.

“I think we're making a mistake. We didn't start to build out store fronts on a parking lot. We set out to build development along the canal.”